Monday, November 30, 2009

porcelain from the kiln.

These are such delicate, sweet dishes! They are all perfect with their uneven imperfections! I don't think we can really buy them from the states, but they are inspiring none-the-less. Who wants to enroll in ceramics with me?

*found at Mud Australia.

inspire me

*photography by martha bernabe

I have been really liking muted, unsaturated colors lately. Maybe it's winter, or the look of things gone old, that I like. But I love the colors in the first set as well as the details themselves: the chandelier is beautiful, and the tulle dress is amazing! Especially the way the photo was shot in front of the water, with no face and all the layers showing. It's such a nice photo. And lastly, I love the cake stand filled with the color spectrum of threads. I think I could make that an easy DIY project.

*these were found on coco+kelly's page.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

lil' forest in your house

I don't know how long it's been that's I've been wanting one of these, and I am still kind of working on changes with the ones I've done, but I have finally put a couple terrariums together that I really love. I have a tendency to over-water my jade plants, or all succulents for that matter, so fingers-crossed that the desert collection will stay alive. I want some clovers for my baby terrarium, although their not winter plants, so I picked what I could from the yard... and wah-lah!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

a holiday in another country

two summers ago we packed our suitcases for a vacation without any real direction in mind, aside from our destination. So we took the only road we could up the coast to Bruce Peninsula to Tobermory, Canada. Let me back up by saying that we had many other ideas in mind for this holiday.... jamaica, Puerto Rico or anywhere warm with a beach. So Canada was not really what we had in mind, but we decided to go camping, stopping off the entire way in these tiny, remote towns. Towns which had only one corner shop, several abandon barns, pick-your-own berry fields, drive-ins and maybe one fifties-looking gas station per city. We met some of the sweetest people, and saw some of the most beautiful landscapes. We ran through the forest, swam in freezing cold water, slept in our car outside a hotel, and then drove back towards Toronto. Honestly, Toronto was the least interesting part of our adventure, which I should add was soundtracked by an Abba best-of tape we found in a little thrift shop along the way. We really didn't want to get to the city, and almost felt a culture shock when we got there, disgusted by the condos surrounded by telephone poles and billboards. Going through these photos, I am ready to start planning our next journey through the fields....

Friday, November 20, 2009

where's she been?

recent days with coco. she is sneaky and without neither guilt nor care. she will keep you up all night, and steal your candy. but she is warm and funny and makes good company.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

what's your foliage

This is a book of foliage plants that I think I will be getting as a gift. It's full of beautiful photographs and there are some really nice planting ideas.

The Foliage Book is by Nancy J. Ondra Photographs by Rob Cardillo

Monday, November 16, 2009

happy animals

more smiling animals on Huffington Post found here (but this is the best one).

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

keeping your mustachio

I guess a mustache can be cute sometimes! I love this hat by design group Vík Prjónsdóttir. It kinda looks like my friend, Mike.

The icelandic group started in 2005, and are engineers in making amazing pieces to keep you warm for the winter. Here's another one:

These come in all sizes too.

The beard cap $77. click here.
The Sealpelt $238. click here.
Baby seal $96. click here.

2010 calendars

I have been making calendar's as gifts every year, which I may do again but I need new inspiration. I sometimes prefer a calendar with drawings, like Nikki McClure's or Jill Bliss. But I did find this collection of illustrations from frankie magazine.

Jill Bliss - $16 from buy olympia

Nikki McClure - $16 from buy olympia

Frankie Magazine $30

pumpkin cookies

It's the time of the year for squash everything: soup, pasta, stew..
AND for some pumpkin cookies. I made them a couple years ago from a recipe I found in my Martha Stewart cookie magazine. I got too busy last year to bake, but I think I will try them again this year.


Makes about 6 dozen
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 1/4 cups packed light-brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups canned solid-pack pumpkin (14 ounces)
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon evaporated milk,
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1.Make cookies: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg in a medium bowl; set aside.

2.Put butter and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in eggs. Reduce speed to low. Add pumpkin, evaporated milk, and vanilla; mix until well blended, about 2 minutes. Add flour mixture; mix until combined.

3.Transfer 1 1/2 cups batter to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain tip (such as Ateco #806). Pipe 1 1/2-inch rounds onto parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 1 inch apart. Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until tops spring back, about 12 minutes. Cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks; let cool completely.

4.Make icing: Put confectioners' sugar in a large bowl; set aside. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, swirling pan occasionally, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Immediately add butter to confectioners' sugar, scraping any browned bits from sides and bottom of pan. Add evaporated milk and vanilla; stir until smooth. Spread about 1 teaspoon icing onto each cookie. If icing stiffens, stir in more evaporated milk, a little at a time. Cookies can be stored in single layers in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.

* this recipe was found here: Martha Stewart.

Also, you should watch this lil' funny cookies video.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

flowers at your door.

how nice it would be to find this hanging on your door. i would fill it with wildflowers.. like my previous post: here

found on D*S from etsy artist, thisbreezeisnice. you can find it here for $12.
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